The Stone Age (2021)

I was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Book Festival to make a short film in response to T.S Eliot award-winning poet Jen Hadfield’s new collection The Stone Age.

Sound designer Oscar Prentice-Middleton (MDes Sound for Moving Image) worked with an abstract palette of field recordings from Shetlandic sound recordist Jenny Sturgeon. As a starting point, he built a tempo based on the sun’s path across the sky during a Shetland solstice. The soundtrack embodies a synthesis of the natural and the human-made, and includes calls from a local seabird colony (Storm Petrels, Oystercatchers and Gannets), trickling gyös, spinning wheels, and traditional musical instruments. Short excerpt on this page.

The Stone Age (Excerpt)

Short excerpt from 'The Stone Age' Dir: Alison Piper Dop: Kirstin McMahon Sound Design: Oscar Prentice-Middleton Field Recordings: Jenny Sturgeon Costume: Kirsty Halliday HMU: Babs Clubb 1st AD: Henry Gordon Produced by White Stag Films